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2020 ADCA Leadership Board


Wuliang Zhang

Wuliang is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry. She received a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Her PhD research is on nanomedicine, developing new nanoparticle-based oligonucleotide delivery methods for cancer therapeutics. She is interested in healthcare and intangible asset management.

Moein Hosseini

Moein is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a graduate student researcher at the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC). He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Sharif University of Technology. He received his M.S. in Transportation Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada. His research focuses on the impact of control strategies tailored to connected autonomous vehicles on the transportation network performance.

Nikodem Pancewicz
Co-VP Professional Development

Nikodem is a second year MS in Law student at Northwestern Pritzker School studying the impact of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and frontier technologies on privacy, intellectual property and other legal issues. He holds a Master’s in Management degree from Harvard University with a concentration in strategy and finance. Currently, he is working in Business Development and Strategy at a multinational engineering firm where he develops the go-to-market and growth strategy, oversees partnerships, and consults on Digital Transformation.

Conner Collins
Co-VP Professional Development

Conner is a 2L at Northwestern Law and a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He has worked in several financial roles both domestically and abroad.  Currently, he is externing at Shipt, a tech start-up recently acquired by Target, and completing business-focused coursework through a joint program between Northwestern Law and Kellogg.

Sumit Saurabh, Ph.D
VP Finance

Sumit is a 4th-year Neurobiology Postdoctoral Fellow at Weinberg College of Arts and Science. Sumit finished his Ph.D. at the University of Houston-Main Campus, Texas in Animal Behavioral Genetics. He comes from clinical research and healthcare industry where he has handled drug safety surveillance wing for multiple clinical trials. He is currently supervising a project on drug screening for Autism disorders.

Jennie Chen
Co-VP Administration

Jennie is a first-year PhD-MPH student in the Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Jennie’s interest lies in integrating epidemiologic methods with ever-advancing molecular techniques in medical research and has experience in healthcare innovation through establishing a practical business model for the first outpatient newborn circumcision clinic in the U.S. and through working as a fellow to support quantitative/qualitative research endeavors at Chicago Innovation Center.

Mahsa Tajdari
Co-VP Administration

Mahsa is a  Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She completed her Master’s degree at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Mahsa also worked with Lurie Children Hospital of Chicago for her PhD thesis. Her dissertation research studies the effect and evolution of Scoliosis on children.

Nikita Divekar
VP Career and Alumni Relations

Nikita Divekar is a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in the Molecular Biosciences Department at Northwestern University and studies the functions of enzymes in female reproductive cells (oocytes). She is interested in entrepreneurship and hopes to work at the intersection of business and technology. She interns at the Innovation and Venture Office where she is involved in patenting and commercialization of new technology developed in NU’s research labs. Prior to Northwestern, she majored in Molecular Biology and Bioengineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz.